Friday, March 23, 2012

Orly Au Champagne

I went to religious private schools growing up, which meant that I had a double curriculum: the mornings were all in Hebrew and the afternoons were taught in English.  Needless to say, I was in school for a very long time and until college, never got home earlier than 6 or 7 at night.  


My point with that story is that often my friends and I got bored.  Super bored.  And back in seventh grade, white out manis were all the rage.  We all hid out hands under our desks and gave ourselves the messiest, ugliest, neon white (if that's possible) manis.  And inevitably the teachers would smell our creations and we'd get in trouble.  I think that those days scarred me into ever wearing bright white polish again.


Until the Orly Holiday Soiree Collection 2011.


Au Champagne completely changed my mind.  As you can see from the macro shot, Au Champagne is creme white infused with an even brighter white shimmer.  While this could so easily go into disco white out territory, this polish dries matte, which I think cuts some of the chalk factor.  With a topcoat, you can see that it still isn't super in your face, but still a really lovely, yet poptastic polish.


This is 2 coats, applied super well, as all Orlys do.


 

I actually wore this mani my first day of work about a month again and loved wearing it.  Total can't-stop-staring-at-my-hands situation.  Anyone who likes girly colors with a bit of a bite should run to find this baby.  I personally had a hard time finding some of the other Orlys from this collection so I encourage you guys to be on the look out.


How do you girls feel about white polish?

28 comments :

  1. I sometimes find white polishes to be the most flattering on hands! I love the shimmer in this color as well!

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  2. This is gorgeous! I definitely remember when white out manis were all the rage, my friends and I would do them all the time!

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  3. this is a perfect white polish!!! gorgeous!!!

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  4. The shimmer really makes it modern and keeps the white from going too grandma-y or too chalky.

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  5. And we thought we were so cool ;)

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  6. Love it! It just looks like there is glitter in there...and I don't like that, just because it's a pain to take off :(.

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  7. As a glitterphobic myself, I can assure you that there is no glitter and removal is painless.

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  8. I'm not a white polish fan, but I got this one also.  I love the shimmer it has.  Hopefully it looks as good on me as it does on you.  It looks really pretty on you!

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  9. That looks beautiful!!!! I am now on the lookout! 

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  10. Beautiful! I remember doing white out manis as well! 

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  11. I grabbed this on a fast trip into a Sally's pre holiday time when this collection first hit. Had seen no swatches, nothing on it. Odd for me to pick up  a white, but this was not white and I did play with it in shop using the old scotch tape method (ya know - put some of the polish on the store's tape dispenser in that area between the roll and the tear part, then slip your fingernail under the open area of the tape dispenser and voila - you get to see what the color looks like on your skin tone. So I knew this color was really different than anything I had or even seen. It's cream and covers like a dream to opaque fast. The shimmer as you said, it beyond a wow addition to this gem. I love the red that was also in this collection. But Au Champagne was totally the star for me in this collection that also has Androgyny in it and grabbed most all of the attention. For me, I like to always use a coat or 2 of SV over this one. I like it to look super shiny. Truly a color that you need to try and find now if you can. You won't be running into a shade like this. To call it cream is deceptive because even that does not describe it well. Just outstanding. Thanks for reviewing it. It's in my top 25 favs of 2011.

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  12. That made me giggle that you would paint them under your desk! I have been loving white lately too, it all started with powder puff.  I think whites are awesome when there is a little shimmer in it!

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  13. I have no doubt that this will look fantastic on you!

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  14. LOVE IT!!!!!!! Have you tried Nicóle by OPI It's All About The Glam? If not, it's similar to this polish and I am actually wearing it today! :)

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  15. You're 100% right.  It's almost pearlescent, but that's equally inadequate of a description.

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  16. Yeah, I saw your Powder Puff swatch and it just put me in a white frenzy.

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  17. I was thinking the same thing!  But I got this first, so I thought there wasn't any need to get both.  

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  18. Wow I can't believe I had never seen or heard about this polish before your post! It is gorgeous! I have to find me this polish now! Looks stunning on you!!

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  19. I found this on clearance some time ago, the only white that I like with my skin tone.

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  20. I love white polish. Especially as a base for stamping. This is really gorgeous :]

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  21. I like how white looks on other people, me not so much. Oddly enough I vaguely remember painting my nails with white-out too. I thought I was the only one.

    This is beautiful white, I love the shimmer. 

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  22. Thanks!  It definitely went under the radar -- as well as the rest of the collection -- because the China Glaze holiday collection got most of the blog space.  This is the collection that also included Androgynie. 

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  23. I love clearance polishes!  To get this, which only came out four months ago, so cheap is amazing.

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  24. Thanks!  And the fact that this isn't chalky white probably makes stamping less stark.

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  25. I'm sure you'd look great in white if you found the right shade.  Most people can't pull off the chalky whites because they're just too stark.  Maybe you need more of an ivory white?

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